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Perfect Hideaways has a portfolio of beach houses, farm cottages, villas, town houses and boutique hotels available to rent for short or long stays.

Each is unique, each has huge character and each has been picked for its intrinsic beauty, quirks and charm. The portfolio features houses that are perfect hideaways because their vicarious pleasures are plenty and come in many guises.

They’re places where both body and soul can experience something new – or take a rest. All the houses featured are part of Perfect Hideaways portfolio.


Discover Perfect Hideaways in South Africa
The properties here are blissful, atmospheric, windswept and completely open and beautiful…’ Tatler



This book celebrates hideaways, identifying precisely what it is that makes a holiday home ‘perfect’. From bush to beach, from city to wilderness, Perfect Hideaways in South Africa features a range of holiday homes that, by virtue of the peculiarities of their locations and distinguishing interiors, offer varieties of experiences.

Here is some links to properties featured in the book.


Paul Duncan is the founder of Africa Press and the author, with Helen Undtiedt, of Perfect Hideaways in South Africa. Formerly editorial director at Conde Nast in South Africa, and editor of House & Garden, Duncan has also written a number of books including South African Artists at Home (2015), which looks into the homes of contemporary artists, and Hidden Cape Town (2013), which reveals unknown city interiors.

From food to architectural design, South Africa – particularly Cape Town – is filled with surprises. Paul’s contributions to Louis Vuitton’s Cape Town City Guide (Paris, 2013) highlight the best of them. Paul Duncan was responsible for the abridgement and picture research for Nelson Mandela’s Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom.


“I bought this book for my parents coffee table at their holiday home in South Africa and it is a BIG hit! Beautiful photography and written in such a way that you feel you are there lazing under the boabab tree, paddling in the lagoon, floating in the azure pool. Love it, need to get myself a copy!” – Laura

“This is the perfect coffee table book. If this doesn’t tempt you to book a trip to South Africa, nothing will!! I have my bags packed and am ready to go.” – Bridget